For all of you following the most watchable car crash TV in the spring schedules that is The Apprentice, news that Katie Hopkins has been fired by her day-job employers at the Met Office.
Katie has a stare that would transfix Medusa and an unpleasant patrician manner. Her casually-vicious asides have wound up (variously) northern men, fatties, orange women, people called Mavis and anyone who watches shopping channels.
Uniquely, her cv uses the marriages she has wrecked as an indication of her ruthlessness. Towards the end of the series, where Sir Alan turned the tables on her and prompted her to resign, I ended up rather admiring her single-minded scheming but that's probably not a good thing. Ask the wives of a string of 40-something blokes who should've known better, who met her in the flesh.
I was struck by her appearence with Adrian Chiles after the show when she left, when she thought that the booing from the audience was some kind of pantomime phenomenon. In fact, her duplicity is now fixed in the public mind, and she'll carry that for years to come. What the Sunday tabloids are apt to call "steamy alfresco shots" won't have helped.
Needless to say, Katie aspires to be a Conservative MP and admires Margaret Thatcher. But I guess we'd figured that out for ourselves....
Favourite Katie Quotes
“Whenever there’s an issue Kristina tries to cover her arse. It’s a shame she doesn’t do it a little better with the skirt she wears.”
“Kristina is a complete snake in the grass, a pain in the arse and frankly too orange to be taken seriously.”
(Of Adam) “When your best friends are Mr Pinot and Mr Grigio you want to watch it.”
“I’d like to be the one who secures Adam’s exit back to the north and his northern chums, where I do feel he rather belongs.”